How to Make a Book Nook on a Budget

One of my top tips to encourage a regular reading habit is to create a cozy reading corner or book nook where children (and parents) can retreat and get lost in their favourite stories. I wanted my kids to associate reading with feelings of warmth, safety, fun, relaxation – an activity that gives you that lovely snuggly warm feeling – as they are more likely to enjoy reading, will read for pleasure and will grow to be lifelong readers.

A book nook can be anything from a favourite blanket on the sofa to a pile of cushions on the floor. It doesn’t need to be a Pinterest-perfect construction that looks amazing and costs a fortune – just a cosy spot where you can spend time together.

We created our book nook in a corner of the bedroom. Most of the bits are cheap and cheerful from Ikea, with a few extras sourced from eBay. All together the book nook cost around £60 to create. The kids spend so much time there – it’s the best £60 I’ve ever spent!

  1. Wanting to keep the nook compact and child-sized, we used a Trofast frame from Ikea. We took out the drawers and brought the pack of 2 shelves to turn it into a slimline bookcase.
  2. To enclose the space we added a canopy
  3. Comfort is essential – we layered comfy pillows on the Hemmahos bench pad from Ikea and added cushions and blankets
  4. Favourite books are stored in the Flisat book display
  5. The gold spots (Kinnared stickers from Ikea) add a touch of glamour and reflect the fairy lights which makes it a very cosy corner in the lamp light
  6. The Dr Seuss decal is readily available from eBay and Amazon.
  7. We had the heart lamp, bunting and fairy lights already
Our Book Nook by Lamp Light

You can read more about the benefits of reading with kids in my previous blogs…

  1. Literacy and World Book Day
  2. ‘Edutainment’. Little Londoners Love Learning
  3. Kids Who Read Succeed! Days Out For Kids Who Love Reading

Enjoy! Amy x

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